Some men may think it is unmanly to admit to mental problems, but it takes a lot of strength to acknowledge when things are not right and that help is needed. Keep reading to learn how to take care of your mental health.
From an early age, due to many psycho-sociological reasons, many men have learned to avoid expressing feelings, to reject suggestions of perceived weakness, and to compete at all costs.
However, men are just as vulnerable to problems as women and children.
Results of several published studies that examined gender and mental health issues tell a very real story of how men’s responses can have far-reaching and unanticipated effects. Men who have never been married or are divorced/separated have greater overall admission rates to mental health facilities than women in the same marital status categories. Men have higher rates of substance use disorder (alcohol and drug dependency) and antisocial personality disorder than women.
If you are struggling with mental health issues and you are sick of feeling unhappy, now is the time to “man up!” Get the help you need so you can start living a happier and more productive life.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT has a long history of use, and an extensive body of published literature validates it as an effective treatment option for those having difficulties managing their emotions. This often involves keeping a diary of both upsetting and happy emotional events, including associated feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. It also includes restructuring assumptions and beliefs that might be hindering relationships, personal happiness, and other salient aspects of a man’s life.
This form of therapy helps people achieve their personal goals. While life coaches are not usually trained to be therapists or mental health professionals, they do serve an important role in helping people accomplish more with their lives.
While the psychodynamic (or psychoanalytic) approach has some merit for gaining insight and many qualified therapists rely on some aspect of psychodynamic therapy, nowadays they rarely use it exclusively when dealing with their clients.
Many qualified therapists also offer relationship counselling to couples or family members with irresolvable issues. This enables them to work through troublesome differences, to be more open-minded and less stubborn, and to increase communication and satisfaction with their partners.